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International Journal of Zoological Research
  Year: 2013 | Volume: 9 | Issue: 1 | Page No.: 1-16
DOI: 10.3923/ijzr.2013.1.16
SIrD: A Software Describing a System of Identification for Drosophilidae
Glaiza G. Opema, Rez A. Cabrera, Mark Anthony J. Torres, Jessie G. Gorospe and Cesar G. Demayo

Abstract:
The power of computers have enabled the field of biology to make significant leaps in quantitative methods. Fresh ideas from other disciplines in science and technology offer insight on how old techniques can be evolved into new ones for the benefit of biologists worldwide. In this study, a different approach to Drosophila species identification is presented by making use of binary coding and computer automation. The developed software, a System of Identification for Drosophilidae (SIrD) uses binary strings to describe species characteristics and use it to calculate the degree of similarity between a sample specimen and the species stored in the database. This method of identification allows for greater tolerance to errors and flexibility in adding new species characters. The linear nature of the binary string enables the software to eliminate the common problems encountered in the couplet system of the dichotomous key, such as, species-specific paths, low tolerance to errors and rigidity in adding new characters. SIrD has a user-friendly interface and is created using open-source web development software, making it Internet-ready, for easy access on the World Wide Web.
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Glaiza G. Opema, Rez A. Cabrera, Mark Anthony J. Torres, Jessie G. Gorospe and Cesar G. Demayo, 2013. SIrD: A Software Describing a System of Identification for Drosophilidae. International Journal of Zoological Research, 9: 1-16.

DOI: 10.3923/ijzr.2013.1.16

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=ijzr.2013.1.16

 
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